Zandile Mashaba / Project Coordinator.
She joined CJN on the 1st of August 2018. She holds a B.A Communications degree from the University of Limpopo- Turfloop Campus and various professional development certificates to enhance her competencies. She previously worked as a Project Officer for Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS programme (HEAIDS) overseeing the implementation of the Future Beats programme. She has also worked with various corporate organizations as a Brand Assistant and Communications and Events Officer. She has also experimented as a Newsreader at Radio Turf and a content producer for Soweto TV’s Dlala ngeringas- Sisters, Mbokodo and the Dr Love Show in her formative years whiles a student. She has a passion for community engagement and radio is her first love.
Akhona Zibonti / Editorial Mentor
Akhona Zibonti started at Citizen Justice Network on the 1st of June 2017. Akhona obtained her Diploma in Journalism at Rosebank Durban and has always been interested in community media and development. She has worked at a weekly community newspaper, in the publications department of a social justice organisation and at a production company as a Communications Coordinator and Social Media Manager. She is a graduate of the Bloomberg Media Africa Initiative offered by the Gordon Institute of Business.
Sonto Dube / Editorial Mentor
Sonto joined CJN on the 2nd of July 2018. She has worked at ACAOSA (Association of Community Advice Offices of South Africa) for two years, assisting with research, fundraising and database management. She has experience in working with paralegals across South Africa. She holds a BA Honours in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg.
Paul McNally / Founder & Executive Producer
He started CJN in September 2015. As the Founder of CJN McNally is committed to reporting stories on social justice from rural areas in local languages. McNally was a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard for 2016. He has won a CNN award, 4 MTN Radio Awards, a Discovery Health Award, a Pica, a MDDA for investigative journalism, a Webber Wentzel for Legal Journalism and a Vodacom Award. McNally produces narrative radio documentaries for Wits Journalism including the hit series Alibi (www.alibi.org.za). His book The Street: Exposing a World of Cops, Bribes and Drug Dealers is a non-fiction investigation on police corruption in South Africa (released in September 2016).
Paralegal Co-ordinator at Kituo cha Sheria/ Citizen Justice Network
Ruth is a human rights lawyer with experience in research, advocacy and project management based in Kenya. She has participated in various training and workshops which have enhanced her competencies in the human rights field. As an Associate at the Independent Medico-Legal Unit, she assisted in lobbying, monitoring and simplifying the Prevention of Torture Act, 2017 and the National Coroners’ Service Act, 2017. She has a passion for the community and has participated in various community mobilization, awareness and advocacy initiatives including legal aid clinics, international solidarity campaigns on Human Rights as well as training paralegals, lawyers and journalists on best practices in Human Rights reporting and response mechanisms. She volunteers for various community engagements when called upon.
Our advisory board
Adjunct Professor, Head of the Department of Journalism at Wits University and director of the Wits Radio Academy.
A journalist of some 35 years’ experience, he has worked in print and radio in Namibia, South Africa and the UK. He has served as ombud of the Mail & Guardian and as member of the SA Press Appeals Panel, and has been full-time with Wits University since 2009. He is the author of Black, white and grey: ethics in SA journalism and The Radio Journalism Toolkit, co-author of The Healthy Community Radio Station and has written many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other publications in the fields of radio, ethics and other journalism topics. A sought-after consultant and commentator on media issues, he has a BA from UCT and an MA from City University, London.
Coordinator of the Mid-career Honours Programme at Wits Journalism and Media Studies Department.
Bob also coordinates the research in the department and is affiliated to the Wits Africa China Reporting Project and the African Centre for the Study of the United States. His specialization is at the intersection of African media and geopolitics as well as fact-checking journalism. He is a Steering Committee Member, Chinese in Africa, Africans in China Research Network. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Nairobi and masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Communication University of China.
Wits Justice Project Project Coordinator
Simonia Mashangoane is the project coordinator at the Wits Justice Project. She has over 8 years civil society experience doing, monitoring and evaluation, research, advocacy and programme coordination at community and national level. She began her career as a part-time research assistant in various community development projects, which is where her passion for human rights work was born. She has worked for a number of social movements in South Africa advocating for access to health care services. Simonia hopes to merge her passion for citizen participation and state accountability with her studies in Economics and Development.
Strategic Support Coordinator from Association of Community Advice Offices of South Africa (ACAOSA)
Lungile is a community developer at heart, she believes in getting the work done and refuses to allow designation and positions to limit her. She is family oriented and a human rights activist. Before joining Nadcao in August 2016, Lungile worked at Greater Rape Intervention Programme (GRIP) in Nelspruit as their Chief Executive Officer.